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MSC Cruises Continues Sailing Strong under Strict Health & Safety Protocols

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MSC Cruises is the fastest growing cruise brand in the world with a modern fleet of 19 cruise ships with the arrival of MSC Seashore in August 2021 and projected to grow to 23 vessels by 2025, offering its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the company’s European heritage. Featuring international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs and the very latest user-friendly technology on board.

Since world travel came to a halt over a year ago, MSC Cruises’ number one priority has been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships visit. In August 2020, the line implemented a comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first significant cruise line to return to sea. MSC Grandiosa was the first to welcome MSC Cruises' guests to sea with a series of 7-night Mediterranean departures from Italy. She was followed by MSC Magnifica which started her 10-night Eastern and Western Mediterranean sailings in October 2020.

MSC Grandiosa and MSC Seaside are currently sailing in the Western Mediterranean, calling at the newly introduced ports of Siracusa in Sicily and Taranto in Puglia, as well as Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Valetta in Malta. They will be joined by the brand new and stunning MSC Seashore starting her maiden season this August. Three more ships will soon begin cruises in the Eastern MediterraneanMSC Orchestra, MSC Splendida and rounding out the offerings is MSC Magnifica. Guests have the option to embark in Italian ports of Venice, Bari, Trieste as well as in Piraeus (for Athens, Greece), and ports include Croatia’s breathtaking cities of Dubrovnik and Split; sunny Mykonos and Corfu in Greece as well as the bucket list city of Kotor in Montenegro.

For guests looking to experience a cooler Northern European climate, starting this July, MSC Seaview will be offering a brand new Baltic Sea itinerary, sailing for the first time in MSC Cruises’ history from Germany’s seafaring city of Kiel. The ship will visit Visby and Stockholm in Sweden as well as Estonia’s capital city Tallinn on this 7-night voyage.

The company’s most recent addition MSC Virtuosa commenced her maiden season on May 20th, 2021 with voyages from Southampton, offering three embarkation ports in England and Scotland, and carrying only British guests on board. She is one of MSC Cruises’ most innovative and environmentally advanced ships and part of the generation of Meraviglia class vessels, characterized by an iconic 112-metre-long promenade with a stunning LED sky dome as the social heart of the ship. This 19-deck vessel offers its guests of all ages the very best of fine dining restaurants, world-class entertainment, relaxing bars and lounges, boutique shopping, spa and fitness centres, an aqua park and clubs for toddlers to teenagers. Likely to be a huge draw for all guests will be the brand-new MSC Starship Club featuring the world’s first humanoid robotic bartender offering a futuristic immersive bar and entertainment experience.

And in just six short months, you can be among the first to sail aboard MSC Cruises’ newest and most innovative ship, MSC Seashore, as she departs on her weekly seven-night cruises from Miami to The Bahamas and Caribbean, including stops at MSC Cruises’ new private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Surrounded by 64 square miles of marine reserve, Ocean Cay offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the island’s natural beauty, discover local marine life and soak up the spirit of The Bahamas. With MSC Seashore docking at the island from early morning into the evening — and in some instances overnight — visitors can spend a full day enjoying two miles of pristine, white sand beaches and a variety of ocean discovery activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, thrilling wave runner rides and more. As an added treat, guests booked in the MSC Yacht Club are not only able to relish their experience on board, but also on Ocean Cay. On the island, Yacht Club guests have access to an exclusive area, complete with butler service, a private beach and clubhouse and all-inclusive food and beverages on top of all the island has to offer.

There is a lot to look forward to when booking your next MSC Cruises voyage. Contact your Travel Professional or visit to learn how you can cruise with confidence aboard one of MSC Cruises' many cruise options for 2021, 2022 and even 2023.

For complete information on MSC Cruises' Health and Safety protocols, please visit here.

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